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have been committed by them, and the citizens are in great dread of them. It is necessary that these cases should be attempted to and I would respectfully ask for instructions in the matter, as to whether it would be safe or expedient for me to send out the small detachments I may have at my command to ferret out and arrest these men.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

M. R. PATRICK,

Provost-Marshal-General.

MAY 13, 1863-10.30 p.m.

Major General JOSEPH HOOKER,

(Care of His Excellency President Lincoln:)

A deserter from the Third Alabama reports Pickett and Hood arrived. The provost-marshal's department seem to place confidence in his statement. I have not seen him.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

SPECIAL ORDERS.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 130.

Camp near Falmouth, May 13, 1863.

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VII. Colonel J. Kilpatrick, Second New York Cavalry, having been placed temporarily in command of a brigade composed of his own regimnt and the Twelfth Illinois Cavalry, assigned to duty for the present in the vicinity of Yorktown, under special instructions, will take with him to that place all the dismounted men of the two regiments named that may be in this quarter, together with their arms and equipments.

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By command of Major-General Hooker:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. GEN'S. OFFICE,

Numbers 214.

Washington, May 13, 1863.

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XVII. Brigadier General William W. Averell, U. S. Volunteers, will proceed without delay to Philadelphia, Pa., and there await further orders.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C.,

May 13, 1863-11 a.m.

Major-General SCHENCK, Baltimore, Md.:

The Secretary of War says it is stated to him that you have not executed the order, long since given, to secure the bridges of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad with block-houses. You will immediately report what you have done in this matter and the cause of the delay.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.